Leeds United experience will stand me in good stead at Ipswich Town, says Noel Hunt

Noel Hunt slides into his second celebration after scoring Ipswich's second at Millwall

Noel Hunt slides into his second celebration after scoring Ipswich's second at Millwall

Noel Hunt insists he has more to offer at Ipswich Town, after being rescued from the wilderness at Leeds United.

The 32-year-old grabbed two goals in the Blues’ 3-1 victory at Millwall on Saturday, before admitting he was “nowhere near” match fitness.

Hunt has netted three times for Town, having scored the winner at Charlton during his initial loan spell, and could start again at Brighton tomorrow, with David McGoldrick struggling with injury.

He made just one start for Leeds this season, ironically on the opening day at Millwall, and terminated his contract at Elland Road in November.

“I think that (experience at Leeds) will stand me in good stead. What doesn’t break you makes you stronger,” said Hunt.

“I kept my head down at Leeds and worked hard. I was adamant that if I was called upon I would have been ready.

“I don’t have a bad word to say about the coaches there, they treated me with the utmost respect and kept me fit, so I was ready for a move like this (to Ipswich).

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“I am not 100%, I’m nowhere near match-sharp but I’m getting there.”

The Republic of Ireland international has been re-united with his brother Stephen at Portman Road, the pair played together at Reading, and says he is relishing the opportunity to team up again.

“We played young versus old in training last week and Stephen set up three of my goals which was quite funny, the lads gave me a bit of stick” added Hunt.

“He set my first goal up at the weekend and I almost got a nick on his cross before I scored my second. He’s a quality player, as are all the lads.”

Meanwhile, Town will sign free agent goalkeeper Paddy Kenny today, on a deal until the end of the season, while Balint Bajner (permanent) is joining Notts County and Jack Marriott (loan) is on his way to Colchester United.

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